Council approves tobacco protocol


A factory producing counterfeit cigarettes was discovered in the Borinage area in Belgium in October 2013.

Illicit tobacco trade costs EU budgets €10bn a year

The European Council today gave its go-ahead for the EU to sign the World Health Organisation (WHO) Protocol on the Elimination of the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

Algirdas Semeta, anti-fraud Commissioner welcomed the move.  

"Every year, public budgets lose around €10 billion a year in the EU alone due to the illegal tobacco trade. Moreover, tobacco smuggling undermines health policies, and helps to fund even more sinister crimes. The EU pours huge resources into stamping out...

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